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Investigation of Convective Updrafts (EVM-3) (INCUS)

Status: Future
Mission Category: Earth System Science Pathfinder Program, Earth Venture Class, Earth Venture-Mission

The Investigation of Convective Updrafts (INCUS) mission will be a collection of three SmallSats, flying in tight coordination. INCUS aims to directly address why convective storms, heavy precipitation, and clouds occur exactly when and where they form. The investigation stems from the 2017 Earth Science Decadal Survey by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which lays out ambitious, but critically necessary, research and observation guidance. NASA selected INCUS through the agency’s Earth Venture Mission-3 (EVM-3) solicitation that sought complete, space-based investigations to address important science questions and produce data of societal relevance within the Earth science field.

Key Investigation of Convective Updrafts (EVM-3) Facts

Origination: NASA
Principal Investigator(s): Susan van den Heever [Colorado State University in Fort Collins]